Monday, March 4, 2019


From the Washington Post:
Peter Tork, a blues and folk musician who became a

teeny-bopper sensation as a member of the Monkees, the wisecracking, made-for-TV pop group that imitated and briefly outsold the Beatles, died Feb. 21. He was 77.

The death was announced by his official Facebook page, which did not say where or how he died. Mr. Tork was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare cancer affecting his tongue, in 2009.

If the Monkees were a manufactured version of the Beatles, a “prefab four” who auditioned for a rock-and-roll sitcom and were selected more for their long-haired good looks than their musical abilities, Mr. Tork was the group’s Ringo, its lovably goofy supporting player.

On television, he performed as the self-described “dummy” of the group, drawing on a persona he developed while working as a folk musician in Greenwich Village, where he flashed a confused smile whenever his stage banter fell flat. Off-screen, he embraced the Summer of Love, donning moccasins and “love beads” and declaring that “nonverbal, extrasensory communication is at hand” and that “dogmatism is leaving the scene.”

- Harrison Smith

When Davy Jones died seven years ago, Toobworld Central inducted him right away into the Television Crossover Hall of Fame.  As the “cute one” of the Pre-Fab Four, he was more in demand for appearances in other TV shows than his three bandmates.  I haven’t looked into the resumes of Mickey Dolenz and Mike Nesmith yet, but for now Peter Tork will be the second Monkee in the Hall.

Here are the shows which qualified Tork for the membership in the TVXOHOF:

The Monkees
The misadventures of a struggling rock band.  
58 episodes

The Monkees are tossed about in a psychedelic, surrealist, plotless, circular bit of fun fluff. 

33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee
Four individuals are brainwashed into forming a musical group, featuring guest appearances from some of the superstars of 1950s rock'n'roll. 

In the fanzine P.O. Box 9847, Peter Tork said this special ended with "the fictional Monkees being killed by the bomb". 

The Steven Banks Show
- Rock Auction


- She's Gotta Have It
When the insurance company gives Helen a big check for what she lost in the fire she goes on a shopping spree.

"She's Gotta Have It" was broadcast in Nov 1995, the 30-year anniversary of The Monkees' pilot, featuring a cameo from both former Monkey Peter Tork and the actual Monkeemobile. When Helen scores with a generous check from the insurance company, following the loss of her family belongings, she goes on a wild spending spree, culminating in a bidding war over the Monkeemobile with Peter Tork, whom she fails to recognize ("if that jerk would stop bidding against me, the car would be mine!"). The auctioneer refers to Helen as "that daydream believer," while Joe brags that he used to own a Monkees lunchbox (Peter: "Big deal, we got squat from those things!"). Peter comes off just as endearing as he was on the original series, and performs a priceless double take when he realizes Helen doesn't recognize him (Helen: "I just hope you're as big a fan as I am!").  

The King of Queens
- Best Man

Doug, Carrie, Arthur, Deacon and Kelly are going to the wedding of Todd, an old friend of Carrie and Kelly. Just before going to the wedding, Doug finds out Carrie once had sex with Todd. 

At the wedding the bandleader is played by Peter Tork, who is better known as a member of the band The Monkees. 

Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees
This reunion special of all four original Monkees aired on ABC in the format of an hour-long episode of their 1960s TV series, the premise being that the show never ceased production (despite being off the air) and by now they have run out of ideas for story lines. The beach-side pad from the original series was recreated for this special. The show included music from their then-current album Justus as well as a medley of their most popular songs from the 1960s.

The special assumes the Monkees have been living in their beach house all the years since the series ended and have continued having adventures. This one is episode number 781.  

The fictional Monkees were killed by a bomb at the end of their 1969 TV special, so the Monkees appear as themselves in this one. 

Documentary focusing  on The Monkees, the 1960s pop group originally created for a TV sitcom. Interviews with the band members, the show's creators, and musical collaborators and peers are featured. 

So, we’ll have to address this apparent Zonk….

‘The Monkees’ TV series as seen by us in Earth Prime was the chronicle of the lives of the actual Monkees.  That was the real deal.

The TV series watched by people in Earth Prime-Time featured actors who looked amazingly like the Monkees, but they all died at the end of the TV special.

When TV characters are seen holding the Monkees’ record albums or with the posters on their walls, these are of the actual Monkees.  Those TV characters who sing the theme song have watched the TV series starring those imposters. 

I realize it’s probably still confusing, but what can I do?

Here are some possible crossovers for Pete and the guys:

At least we know Davy and Peter are back together.  But Mike and Mickey?  No rush, guys.  Please....

Good night and may God bless Peter Tork.

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